The key thing about writing is that it takes a lot of mental energy. Your friends and relatives may *think* you’re doing nothing, but you and I know you’re sweating yourself into a near-coronary trying to craft those words.
And then in your “free” time, if you’re a freelance writer, you’re also doing marketing.
If you work a demanding day job on top of all this, it can leave you too drained to get your writing done or keep your freelance business growing.
Searching for a side gig
I know, because I worked for years as a legal secretary. That was sort of OK when I was a songwriter, rehearsing and performing with my band at night. But when I switched into nonfiction article writing, it was a major problem. It was just too many hours sitting at the desk, dealing with snippy, anal-retentive lawyers and having to think about court deadline schedules and getting filing drafts letter-perfect.
Plus I was never free to interview anyone during the day.
Lots of writers find themselves needing to pick up a little side job at some point or other — so don’t feel bad if this happens to you. The key is to find easy, flexible, short-term, or night work that doesn’t drain your life force until you’re a shriveled husk, and conserves energy for your writing gig.
What sort of side jobs do I mean? Here are seven part-time gigs that fit the bill: